Ganguly scripts Kolkata~~s win over Chargers

Published: Sunday, May 11, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Hyderabad: Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Sourav Ganguly plundered a scintillating 91 off 57 balls and bagged two wickets to help his side beat hosts Deccan Chargers by 23 runs in their Indian Premier League match at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad today.

Chasing 205 to win, an unbeaten 71 off 42 balls by local lad Venugopala Rao went in vain as Deccan managed only 181 runs in allotted 20 overs. The only consolation for the team was Rao getting the maximum sixers award hitting six sixes in his 42 ball knock, a shade ahead of Man of the Match Ganguly who blasted five sixes.

Electing to bat, Ganguly and opener Akash Chopra ensured there was no immediate blows after opener Salman Butt fell in the first over and their watchful and immaculate shot selection helped the Kolkata side keep a decent run rate.

Ganguly played a crucial role who earlier added first 69 runs along with Chopra (24) for the second wicket and 102 runs for the third wicket along with unbeaten D J Hussey(57).


The stroke-filled knock of visiting team's skipper, included 11 boundaries and five sixes.

The skipper was in excellent form in bowling as well and he claimed the wickets of Styris and Bangar also caught Gilchrist and Sharma, was rightly adjudged the Man of the Match.

Deccan Chargers' Venugopala Rao got a consolation, winning the DLF's maximum sixes award, for hitting four sixes in his magnificient 71 off 42 balls, which included six boundaries. It was a daunting task for the hosts who lost wickets at regular intervals.

Spirted Rohit Sharma was another youngster who put up a fight for the hosts, scoring a quickfire 33, belting three boundaries and two lofty sixes before Dinda got the much-needed breaththrough for the vistors with an off-cutter as the ball landed straight into the hands of Ganguly at mid wicket.

The hosts were in trouble early losing H Gibbs, who was tempted to cut a wide delivery by Dinda and caught by Salman Butt.

Stand-in skipper Adam Gilchrist tried to steady the hosts innings and belted five boundaries before he was caught by the visting team skipper when he tried to hit Dinda's delivery over mid wicket.

The next man to go was Ravi Teja(10), who was caught behind when he tried to hit Umar Gul's delivery going away from the off stump.

Ganguly claimed Styris (5) who tried to sweep a slog delivery and caught by Shukla.

Ganguly reducing the space deceived Sanjay Bangar(2) who failed to get the required elevation to be caught by Chopra at mid-wicket.

Shukla uprooted the leg stump of Vaas(9), who mistimed his shot.

With inputs from UNI

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